Veteran French Filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier Passes Away At 79

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Veteran French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier passed away on March 25 (Thursday). As per the reports, the 79-year-old breathed his last due to an age-related illness at his residence in Sainte-Maxim, located in the Southerly Var region of France. The news was shared by Institut Lumiere through their official Twitter page.

With his wife Sarah, his children Nils and Tiffany and his grandchildren, the Lumière Institute and Thierry Frémaux have the sadness and the pain to inform you of the disappearance, today, of Bertrand Tavernier,” translates the Twitter post of Institut Lumiere.

Veteran French Filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier Passes Away At 79

The veteran filmmaker, who was born on April 25, 1941, had started his career as an assistant director. He later worked as a press officer and critic, before foraying into filmmaking. Bertrand Tavernier rose to fame with the 1974-released movie The Watchmaker At St.Paul. His 1976-released film The Judge And The Assassin won two Cesar Awards, which is French cinema’s equivalent to Oscars. His 1987-released movie Round Midnight won Herbie Hancock an Oscar for the Best Original Score.

Bertrand Tavernier was married to late French-Irish screenplay writer Claudine O’Hagen, who was known as Colo Tavernier from 1965 to 1980. The couple had two kids, writer Tiffany Tavernier and actor-director Nils Tavernier. Cole Tavernier was the screenwriter of some of Bertrand Tavernier’s most popular works, including the 1985-movie A Sunday In The Country, for which she won the Cesar for Best Adaptation. Bertrand Tavernier had later married Sarah.

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